Self-improvement is a classic theme of New Year’s resolutions. But to improve the planet, collective action is important. And the best thing you can do is get involved. At the national and state level, that means voting, for starters. And locally, it means helping to make changes in your community: in schools, in local groups or at the town hall.
For me, the promises I make to myself in the hopeful light of the turning of the clock last only a few weeks, and then I end up reverting toward the same comfortable, survival-mode routine. Maybe a few things change here and there. I tinker around the edges. But nothing spectacularly transformative. And maybe, just maybe, that is okay. This is who I am. These are my habits. My flaws. My warts. My joys. My life. Call it my age, but I guess I am a little less willing to set myself up for failure. Or maybe, I am just letting go.
Plus eight other easy, planet-friendly actions that everyone around you will start imitating
If you're the type to set resolutions in the new year, why not add some eco-friendly ones to the list and help save the planet? We’ve put together some resolutions that anyone can do.
Luckily, progress has already started across the world. In this blog post, we share the stories of local changemakers who have taken ownership of the SDGs. They are members of the +SocialGood community, a global network united around a shared vision for a better world by 2030.
Given the current state of our environment, where floods, cyclones, wildfires, and high temperatures have become a norm. And where experts are increasingly warning us to control our climate-damaging actions. It is time that all of us, in our own little way, contribute to the Planet’s betterment.
Two words - food waste. Up to 40% of food gets wasted in the U.S. And wasted food in a landfill releases methane, which is this really potent, planet-heating gas. So one New Year's resolution is to use the food we buy. For marine biologist and climate policy adviser Ayana Johnson, she starts in the back of her refrigerator.
Learn the key to making sustainable resolutions that will add up to real change for you and the planet...
Is your New Year's resolution to be more environmentally conscious but you don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered.
At the end of the day, Earth as a whole is the sum of many smaller working parts, therefore both the individual as well as the international community will need to be equipped with the right mindset and tools to succeed in preserving it.
As Richard Feynman, a historic theoretical physicist of our modern times, famously said:
“Here I stand, atoms with consciousness, matter with curiosity. A universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.”
There may be some grand, sacrificial, heroic answer, but the best answers I know are almost trivial. Environmental problems are caused by billions of small, unthinking actions. They’ll be cured by billions of small, sensible actions, simple substitutions of environmentally conscious habits for thoughtless and wasteful ones.
The New Year is just around the corner and that means one thing…resolutions! If you’re like most people, you probably can’t remember what your resolutions were last year. (Don’t worry, we can’t remember ours either.)
If you’re thinking of making a “green” New Year’s resolution, here are a few ideas...
When the clock strikes 12:01 on New Years Eve, you'll still be the exact same person that you were before, but there's a certain transformative energy imbued into this time of transition. It's a great opportunity to take stock of your daily habits, and to think about how you can be more sustainable in your day to day life.
Even some small easy tasks can make a big impact when becoming long-term practices. The following are eight ideas for green changes you and your family can resolve to undertake this year to help make a big difference for Planet Earth.